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Aug 18, 2017

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Aug 18, 2017

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque



Multiple Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

Bill King

Pianist-composer-publisher Bill King is a multi-talented individual whose recording and production credits include ‘Live! In Session’ by Liberty Silver; ‘Magnolia Nights, Moment’s Notice’ by Bill King and the Jazz Report All-Stars, ‘From The Heart’ a tribute to piano great Oscar Peterson, ‘East Side Symphony, The Night Passage Years’ and most recently Bill King’s Saturday Nite Fish Fry “Jump Shout Rock da House,” The Rockit 88 Band’s “Too Much Fun” and the King.Alleyne.Roth Trio’s “It Might As Well Be Spring.”. These projects highlight King’s versatility as both a keyboardist and composer.

Born in Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1946, King spent his youth studying with W.C. Handy’s former pianist Eva Smith, the Louisville Academy of music’s Don Murray and Indiana University saxophonist-educator Jamey Aebersold. By the early ‘60’s, he had won 16 first place awards in classical piano and clarinet competitions and a scholarship to Oscar Peterson’s Advanced School of Contemporary music-- attending in 63.

King started his career performing with local community orchestras and big bands. In1966, he and his band The Chateaus had their first Billboard Top 50 hit with jazz pianist’s Bobby Timmons gospel romp, Moanin’. This success led to working with many of the stars of the day--The Shangrilas, Dick and Dee Dee, Freddy Cannon, The Dovells, Ronnie Dove, opening for the Beaches Boys on three occasions, and work with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars.

By 1968, King had moved from Greenwich Village in lower Manhattan where he held the position as house pianist at Louie Jordan’s to Los Angeles to become music director and pianist for Linda Ronstadt. A year later, he joined Janis Joplin’s band in the same capacity. In 1969, King moved to Toronto and signed a recording contract with Capitol Records. Over the next couple years he released two albums as a leader---Goodbye Superdad in 1970 and Dixie Peach in 1972.

King returned to Los Angeles in 1976 as music director for vocalist Martha Reeves. After accompanying her on a European tour, he joined The Pointer Sisters and spent the next year touring Japan and the U.S. with them. Recording dates with The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Lakeside, John Handy, Sonny Criss and a tour with John Klemmer ( V.S.O.P). featuring Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard and Ron Carter) followed .

King returned to Toronto in the late ‘70s to form the rock group China and record one self-titled album for Epic/CBS. By 1984 after a year-long stint with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, King opened his first independent jazz label Night Passage Records. Over the next four years King recorded (Ice, Avenue B and City of Dreams) followed by one release on Gaia Records---Magnolia Nights. Avenue B was Nominated for Best Jazz Recording at the Junos.

During the mid-eighties, King began a career as a jazz broadcaster first at Q-107 in 1985 and Q-Jazz and then creating the Jazz Report Radio Network extending from 1986- 1991. In 1987 he established a equally rewarding career as a publisher and record company president. In 1987, he and partner Greg Sutherland founded The Jazz Report Magazine which began as an eight-page newsletter and quickly evolved into a four-color magazine distributed world-wide. The pair went on to open a new record label Radioland in 1992 and a year later signed a major manufacturing and distribution deal with Verve/Polygram Canada.

King has also been a driving force in the success of the Beaches International Jazz Festival since it’s inception in 1988. His duties as artistic director and emcee bring him in contact with some of the finest talent worldwide. Recently, King added artistic duties for the Toronto International BBQ & Blues Festival to his portfolio.

Dee Dee & the Dirty Martinis


Get out your dancing shoes Norfolk County. This band is the best party going!

Dee Dee and the Dirty Martinis are a groovin' seven-piece rhythm and blues band drenched in the sounds of deep southern-fried soul and the hip sounds of Motown. Miss Dee Dee is a foxy powerhouse with the voice of an angel and soul of a sinner. Travel back to an era when JFK was President, Aretha was the Queen of Soul and the times were a changin'.

Red Hot Ramble


When the question is posed,  “What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans?”, several things jump out at you …. the weather! the food! the people! and oh so importantly, the music!  

The birthplace of jazz … a glorious combination of African American field songs, the blues, southern Gospel music … mix in some military style rhythms and some ragtime along with a multitude of Afro-Cuban music styles ….Cajun favourites! … Dixieland! … Rhythm & Blues! … Zydeco!

Longstanding pianist and vocalist Roberta Hunt who had spent 14 years with legendary Traditional Jazz band ‘The Happy Pals’, (a literal institution of traditional jazz every Saturday afternoon at Grossman’s Tavern for over four decades on the Toronto music scene) decided to step out and try new musical adventures … one band’s ‘loss’ was another’s huge gain and Glenn and Jack knew they had the ‘voice’ and pianist of their new band.  Both Glenn and Jack had long been sidemen in the band of jump/blues musician/songwriter  ‘Big Rude Jake’ who began employing a rising star on the music scene, sax player Alison Young.  It quickly became clear that Glenn, Jack, Roberta and Alison had a certain chemistry that quickly translated into a new band on the Toronto music scene … the band is called Red Hot Ramble! When the band recorded its first CD, ‘Red Hot Ramble’ another Big Rude Jake alumni was invited to play trombone on a few cuts … his name is Jamie Stager.  Red Hot Ramble became a quintet and recently celebrated their 5th anniversary of performing wherever people and music come together! RedHot Ramble performs traditional jazz, blues, funk, along with second lines in the spirit of the great city of New Orleans but with a distinctly Canadian flavour!  

Rebecca Mcgill

Rebecca Magill BMT, RP, MTA

Certified Music Therapist Accredited

Music Therapy Works


Rebecca is a Registered Psychotherapist, Certified Music Therapist Accredited, and owner/operator of Music Therapy Works.  She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University and has held several committee positions within the Canadian Association for Music Therapists and the Music Therapy Association of Ontario.  Her work over the past twenty years has reached individuals within long-term, palliative, medical, educational, clinical, and home settings.  Through her private practice, Rebecca’s clinical work addresses a range of therapeutic issues related to diagnoses such as autism, brain injury, neurological disorders, cognitive disabilities, behavioural disorders, and mental illness.


Rebecca is excited to be a part of this wonderful festival, and is looking forward to exploring with some of the festival’s younger participants why, regardless of who you are, music matters!

Also Featuring 
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The Latin Jazz Ensemble of the Royal Conservatory

Sharp Dogs

Thom Adkins

Humber College Musicians

Mohawk College Musicians

Go Dog Go

Route 6

Hannah Dolson and more        

Natolie MacDonald

* Schedule subject to change

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